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Getting Started

It’s that time of year again and for most, the idea of Spring cleaning is a scary one.  Sure we like the end product of our hard work, but the idea of getting started can exhaust us, before we’ve even begun.  So, here’s a few tips to help you get through this dreaded job, with ease and maybe even a little fun

1.  Make a Plan

Make sure to set out a plan for yourself rather than just trying to dive into it.   If you don’t, you will soon find yourself feeling overwhelmed before you even begin, or you will try and do too much at once and give up out of frustration.

  • Decide which rooms or areas you want to tackle first.  
  • Prioritize them with a list, what days you can work on them and how much time you want to spend on it each day. Part of organizing is having an organized plan with reasonable expectations
  • Make sure to set out a plan for yourself rather than just trying to dive into it.   If you don’t, you will soon find yourself feeling overwhelmed before you even begin, or you will try and do too much at once and give up out of frustration.Give yourself a reasonable amount of time to do the job.  For a large area don’t try and do the entire room in one day.  Divide the rooms into smaller sections that you know you will be able to finish in the time you’ve given yourself and feel good about it.
  • Decide ahead of time what to do with the items you want to get rid of.  For garbage, make sure you have the transportation if needed to take it to the dump, or recycling.  If you can’t do that yourself, hire a friend, or have a friend who is nice enough to do it and set a date with them.  If all else fails, hire a removal service.  Realize though, much can be donated and you can either use drop boxes or make an appointed for pick up from a local charity organization.  Diabetes Foundation, Big Brothers, are just a couple of them that will pick up donated items.  Whatever you do, don’t leave it around and decide to get rid of it later.  Months may go by before you get around to it again.
  • Survey what you might need ahead of time and purchase items before getting started.  Boxes, garbage bags, organizing items, etc, make a list of them and find out where to get them.   Great places to find inexpensive storage items:  Ikea, HomeSense, http://www.roominorder.com/, http://www.containerstore.com/welcome.htm, http://boxd.ca/, are just a few.

 

organized-linen-closet

A beautifully organized closet

 

More tomorrow…